I believe in a shared vision of a society that cares about people and the environment. I will be a strong voice for integrity in the community, and will stand for decisions that have positive impacts for our community.
Growing up on a dairy farm in Corinella and educated at Wonthaggi High, I left home at 16 to work as an apprentice cutter and designer in Flinders Lane. This was during the Whitlam era’s positive focus on free education, women’s liberation, environmental and socially progressive activism (all of which I embraced with passion); and its obsession with opening the Australian economy to international competition hallmarked by the removal of tariffs, which decimated Australia’s thriving clothing and footwear industry.
I then began my education as an urban and regional planner - a career which took me across Australia serving the public in local councils and State and Commonwealth governments.
In 2007, my husband Richard and I became ‘seed’ changers - part of the clean and green Organic food movement when we bought an old daffodil farm in South Gippsland’s beautiful but poorly cared for Strzelecki Ranges.
After joining the Australian Greens, I became a Councillor of South Gippsland Shire in October 2018 due to a vote count back following a mid-term councillor resignation.